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JAKES Upcoming Events

11th Annual Wildlife Adventure Day - 10/11/2014

Rock Point Road, Newburg
301-751-6945

Cass River Gobblers JAKES Event - 10/11/2014

Marlette Sportsmen Club, 4260 White Creek Road, Kingston

Big Buck/Doe Contest Thunderchickens of West Kentucky - 10/11/2014

Falders Farm Store, 1428 Cuba Road, Mayfield
270-804-5056

Kittatinny Gobblers JAKES Day - 10/11/2014

McGuire Chevrolet, Newton
973-229-2949

Fall Turkey Tune Up - 10/11/2014

San Vicent Reservoir, 12375 Moreno Avenue, Lakeside
619-445-1460

Melvern Wildlife Area Youth Waterfowl Hunt - 10/18/2014

Melvern Wildlife Area, Reading Office
620-699-3372

Central Wisconsin Youth Hunters Banquet - 10/18/2014

Wisconsin Rapids Elks Lodge #693, Wisconsin Rapids
715-572-7229

Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge Youth Waterfowl Hunt - 10/25/2014

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge, Hartford
620-203-8514

Shenandoah Valley JAKES Day - 10/26/2014

Stonewall Ruritan Grounds, Clearbrook
540-667-8858

JAKES and WITO in the Outdoors Day - 10/28/2014

Rustling Meadows Hunt Club, Berlin
920-361-4566

Turkey Shoot, Big River Longbeards - 11/8/2014

State Road 20 at Bristol City Limits, Bristol
850-447-1800

Edgefield Chapter's Mentored Dove Hunts - 11/15/2014

Wild Turkey Center, 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield
803-637-7408

2014 Deerassic Park/NWTF Youth Hunt - 11/22-23/2014

Deerassic Park Education Center and Private Properties
(740) 435-3335

Edgefield Chapter's Mentored Dove Hunts - 12/18/2014

Wild Turkey Center, 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield
803-637-7408

Brass Monkey Winter Camp - 12/26/2014

Field across from 3349 Second Street, Wayland
616-291-1740

Ken Middleton Memorial Youth Pheasant Hunt/Sporting Clays Shoot - 1/9/2015-1/10/2015

Chauncy Ranch YMCA Camp near Spring Valley
928-848-4549

Ken Middleton Memorial Youth Pheasant Hunt/Sporting Clays Shoot - 1/23/2015-1/24/2015

Chauncy Ranch YMCA Camp near Spring Valley
928-848-4549

Juniors Turkey Hunting Camps - 4/16/2015-4/20/2015

Forests near Flagstaff, Alpine or Greer and Payson
928-848-4549


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Get Your Call On

Watch the Winchester Museum music video about NWTF's world's largest box call exhibit.

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JAKES Online Poll

Who bought your JAKES or Xtreme JAKES membership?

My parents

40.6%

I am not a JAKES or Xtreme JAKES member.

26.1%

I did

13.2%

My grandparents

12.4%

Other friend or relative

7.7%


Total votes: 613


 


Pat's Turkey

By Pat Gillespie

It was a rainy morning. The day started when my cousin, Mike, woke me up. After getting ready, Mike, my dad and I went off to hunt. This was my first time turkey hunting. We went out to the area that my cousin picked out and set up the blind. I knew it was going to be a good day when I heard a gobbler headed our way.

My cousin called, "Yelp, yelp, yelp," and we waited in the blind for a response. The turkey responded; however, it didn't pursue us further. We heard a few more turkeys throughout the early morning, but we were unable to draw them to us. Later, Mike threw out another call and received a response way off in the distance. A few minutes passed and he called again. This time we heard another response from the gobbler -- even closer this time! We wait as a few more minutes passed. "GOBBLE! GOBBLE!" We heard the turkey as it moved closer, just around the bend.

"He is either going to come over the hill through the pines or down the trail," Mike whispered.

"Pat, get your gun up," he said. I did, quietly. After a couple minutes, Mike asked, "Do you see him?"

"No," I said, as I watched the pine-covered hill.

"He's coming down the trail right towards us."

I switched my eyes from the pines to the trail and saw him walking down the path towards us. I quietly took the safety off. The turkey looked at our decoy and started to strut. He continued to strut now and again but kept heading down the trail towards us. At first, I didn't take the shot, because there was heavy brush. I waited until he moved into a narrow space, where I had a clear shot.

"BANG!" I quickly reloaded; however, there was no need, because the turkey was dead. I put the safety back on, and the three of us went over and saw him on the ground. We started shouting with joy.

This turkey had a 9½-inch beard and nearly 1-inch spurs. The whole thing was awesome, and I was excited that I shot a gobbler on my first turkey-hunting trip. I can't wait for next year!